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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri believes Eden Hazard “can score 40 goals” this campaign as he confirmed the Belgian star “is the best player in Europe” following his performances with the Blues in their convincing start to the season.

Sarri told journalists: “I thought he was one of the best players in Europe, but now I change my mind that he is the best. I think Hazard can improve more. I think that he can spend less energy than now at 50 or 60 metres to the oppositions goal”

“I think he can do it, he can do it. I told him in the last two days because Eden only arrived two days ago after the international teams I prefer to give the players one day off. I have spoke to him in the last two days, I told him for me he can score 40 goals. But spend less energy away from the goal and play in the last 25 metres”.

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Marcos Alonso has been Chelsea top performer so far in this season: the Blues won two games thanks to a late goal scored by the Spanish left-back and he showed to be fundamental in the playing build-up to create dangerous chances.

The Spaniard hit a post in the end of the first half and started the play that led to the first goal against Bournemouth and, again, was one of the best men on the pitch.

In the post match press conference new Blues boss Maurizio Sarri took a moment to praise him:

“Alonso, at the moment, in this position at left-back is maybe the best in Europe.”

“His physical qualities are at a top level, I think. He’s doing very well in the offensive phase. But I also think he can improve in the defensive. If he improves that, he could be the best left-back in the world.”

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In the eve of the derby at Stamford Bridge Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce claims that Chelsea are doing a fantastic season thanks to their absence in European competitions:

“I think that if you look in context about what they are achieving, and I don’t want to take anything away from what the Chelsea players, or Mr Conte are achieving, because they are doing magnificent, but they haven’t played in Europe.

“If that doesn’t tell you what it means playing in Europe and in cup matches and the effect it may have on one competition, what they have done this year shows that if you are not in Europe, you are free to concentrate on the most important thing, which for them is winning the Premier League this year.

“By not being in Europe it has helped him pick the same players because they have had fewer injuries and they have been fitter longer, they have had better rest.

“He has had better time to do his coaching and to get his point across and maximise that to 100 per cent.

“It has been a factor for him that he hasn’t had to compete in Europe and that has been a help to him by the messages he has been able to get across and it is one of the reasons why they are there.

It is not the only thing, but having not played in Europe has helped an awful lot.”

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According to Romanian journalist Emanuel Rosu, Chelsea are readying a bid for Steaua București star Nicolae Stanciu.

The Romanian international has scored 4 goals already this season, including a brace which put his side through to the play-off round of the Champions League. Also, the 23-year-old attacking midfielder performed well early on in the European Championship which attracted attention from clubs around Europe, Chelsea in particular.

Rosu posted on Twitter that the Steaua bosses have admitted to interest coming from the Blues.

“According to Steaua’s owner, Chelsea are watching Steaua star Nicolae Stanciu”

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Many clubs around Europe have been showing a lot of interest in Leicester City midfielder N’Golo Kante after a great season last year with the Foxes.

Chelsea have seemingly come out on top recently after agreeing a deal with the Premier League champions.

Kante has a €25m release clause in his contract and Chelsea have not only matched it, they have gone further and offered €35m for the French defensive midfielder which Leicester cannot refuse.

There will be a few minor things to iron out in the deal but it looks like Kante is set for Stamford Bridge next season.

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The vote and decision for Great Britain to leave the European Union (EU) will have a huge effect on the Premier League in terms of buying international players from European countries within the EU.

Stars like N’Golo Kante, Dimitri Payet and Anthony Martial would not have been eligible to join the respective clubs if the decision to leave the EU had been made previous to their move.

Currently, players from countries in the EU are free to work in the UK without the need of a work permit. However, that is all about to change following the vote to leave. It is unlikely to take effect for a couple of years whilst the details of the change are ironed out.

Last season, 432 European players were registered in the Premier League and they will not be asked to leave but any players in the future that want to play in England will not have the automatic right to enter and play in the Premier League.

Keith Harris, an investment banker has overseen the buying of players for many Premier League clubs including Manchester United and Chelsea, is shocked by the decision to leave and is skeptical as to whether European players will want to join the Premier League from now on.

Harris spoke to Sky Sports News.

“It was a shock result. There are four players that we can reflect on and the impact they had on their clubs last year, who may not have been able to come in. 

“Kante, who had a huge impact at Leicester, Martial at Manchester United, Lukaku at Everton and Payet at West Ham.

“I wonder how attractive the Premier League would have been and how well those clubs would have done without those specific players, and that’s the kind of thing we are now speculating about.”

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Alexandre Pato joined Chelsea on a short-term loan deal to back up first choice striker Diego Costa when the Blues were struggling to find players fit enough to play.

However, Pato didn’t figure much during his time at Stamford Bridge but did manage to score one goal for the club.

The Brazilian forward insisted to SporTV that he doesn’t regret his choice to join the club but admits he would have liked more time to play for Chelsea.

“I do not regret [moving to Stamford Bridge]. Chelsea received me very well.

“I could play, scored a goal, I showed that I can play in Europe, in England. Because many say that England is very difficult. [But] I was hoping to play more.

“I was in Guus Hiddink’s office. I asked to talk, I explained my situation. He was very sincere: ‘Pato, you came at a time when our players were injured. Now they’re coming back, and I’m very loyal to my players’.

“I understand the coach’s decision. I arrived at a time when the group was closed, battling for a place in the Champions League, in decisive games… I was hoping to play more, but I understand the coach’s decision.

“I want to stay in Europe. My head is pointing toward Europe now – I want to play there. But if not, I’ll come back here [to Corinthians].”

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has opened up on his disappointment of not playing in the Champions League next season. It will be the ‘first time in years’ he won’t compete in the competition.

The Spanish international hopes that the arrival of new manager Antonio Conte will change their fate next season and that they can improve on a poor year and challenge for the Premier League title.

Although, Fabregas believes that not playing playing in Europe could benefit the London club and give them full concentration on the domestic campaign.

“It is a disappointing season. 

“It will be the first time in years I won’t play Champions League. We must come back stronger. I hope that we can compete for the title in England next year. In Antonio Conte there will be a new manager. He has proven that he can work successfully, especially at Juventus he had a strong time.”

Fabregas went on to add how delighted he is for Leicester and what they have achieved this season is great for football as a whole. He insists that Chelsea do need to improve though because other teams around them will be looking to challenge for silverware.

“I really hope that Leicester will win the Premier League because it’s a miracle. It’s fantastic that a success story like Leicester’s is still possible in football with hard work. We will see if it’s only brief.

“We want to attack [next season]. Liverpool can achieve something with [Jurgen] Klopp, and Manchester City will get a strong manager in Pep Guardiola.”

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Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink: “I think with the Premier League, Capital One Cup and FA Cup but not being in Europe will give the new management and directors a chance to build a good team competing for the four places.”

“Sometimes when you start somewhere new and have games every three or four days then it is difficult to get the team very well prepared tactically.”

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The 69-year-old former Tottenham and West Ham boss Harry Redknapp, currently under contract with Jordan national team, wrote in his column for The Telegraph“When Chelsea named their team to play Manchester City on Saturday I looked at it and thought “that’s a really poor side”. They had a couple of young players in there, a couple who have been out of form recently and a couple more who have been poor all season.”

“That said, I didn’t expect them to get torn apart by Manchester City in the way they were, but I can’t say I was wholly surprised when it happened – and it just summed up what has been an absolute disaster of a season for them. Before the season they were my favourites for the title, along with Manchester City. Well, that didn’t turn out as we expected.”

“Look at Eden Hazard, for example. If you didn’t know who he was and were told he was the reigning Footballer of the Year you wouldn’t take it seriously.” he said about Eden Hazard‘s recent poor performances.

About incoming manager Antonio Conte: “Guus Hiddink is obviously a fantastic manager, but his style is to be nice to the players in order to get results. It’s hardly a secret, but I gather Antonio Conte, who will take over this summer, is the polar opposite of that. People who know him well tell me he’s a real disciplinarian, and he works his players very, very hard. If you don’t start a game then after the match he’ll have you out on the pitch doing lap after lap. He’ll get them fit and he’ll get them going again.”

“Make no mistake, Chelsea’s dressing room needs sorting out – and it really sounds like Conte is the right man to do it. He needs to bring in some players to help him, and I’d expect him to make at least three signings this summer – probably from Italy, where he has worked all his career.”

About John Terry: “It’s a tough job though – and if I were Conte one of the first things I’d do is sign John Terry up on a new deal. For me he’s been one of Chelsea’s best defenders this season, when fit, and you need characters like him when things are changing. Conte will know this, of course.”

About Europe: “It looks almost certain they won’t qualify for Europe next season, which could end up helping them as they go for the Premier League title – and make no mistake, they will still be expected to challenge for the title even after the last eight months. Anything less simply will not be good enough.”

“Chelsea, though, should be right up there. If they are then Conte will have ensured the memories from this awful season have been forgotten about as quickly as possible.” he ended.


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